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The moated castle Mitwitz was first mentioned in 1266 in a document. It belonged at that time as bambergisches fief the barons von Schaumberg. The basement of the north wing and the northern corner tower already existed at that time. In the German Peasants' War, the castle was looted and partially destroyed by fire in 1525. In the following years, it could be repaired only provisionally, before it acquired Jerome of Würtzburg in 1575. At the end of the 16th century, Hans Veit I von Würtzburg rebuilt the castle from the noble family of Würtzburg and expanded it to its present appearance. He commissioned the architect Daniel Engelhardt, who had previously planned the expansion of the fortress Rosenberg in Kronach. Until the death of Ludwig Freiherr von Würtzburg at the age of 77 years in 1922, the plant was owned by the barons of Würtzburg. Since his daughter Annie von Würtzburg in 1903 Theodor von Cramer-Klett junior, son of the industrialist Theodor von Cramer-Klett, had married, the castle became the property of the family of Cramer-Klett. At the end of the Second World War, the Frankfurt City Library was outsourced to the Mitwitzer Wasserschloss. The family of Cramer-Klett is still in the possession of the castle today.
In the years 1977 to 1989, the district Kronach renovated the castle and received for it a 99-year-old right of use. In the castle there is the Ecological Education Center Upper Franconia and the apiary school Upper Franconia with a small beekeeping museum, which can be visited. Today the castle and the adjacent park are regularly used for cultural events, markets and festivals. Castle tours are held from May to September. In and around the castle, the filming of the fairy tale film The Three Feathers took place in the summer of 2014.
June 3, 2019
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